Ridgefield School Board Focuses on National Assessment and Preschool Expansion

In a recent meeting, the Ridgefield School Board addressed a variety of topics, including the announcement that Ridgefield Memorial High School had been selected for the National Assessment of Educational Progress by the United States Department of Education. Superintendent Dr. Alexander Anemone also discussed the School Safety Data Report and revealed plans for policy manual updates, aiming for completion by year’s end. The board also discussed the challenges faced by English Language Learner (ELL) students and plans for reinstating the adult ESL program, with board member Michael Jacobs exploring funding options.

Andrew Grippa highlighted the district’s collaboration with the town’s council to explore grants for expanding the Preschool program. The board approved several maintenance purchases and repairs totaling over $190,000 and an agreement with Metropolitan Medical Corporation for the maintenance of the district’s AED units. An amendment to the Power Purchase Agreement with EZNERGY NJ LLC was also approved due to the economic unviability of the Central Office component of the Solar Energy System.

The board approved budget transfers for July 2023, amounting to $51,115.28, and retroactively approved out-of-district placements for resident students based on their IEPs for the 2022-2023 and 2023-2024 school years. Tuition contracts with Harrison and Edgewater districts were approved, amounting to over $50,000, and retirement compensation for several staff members was approved, totaling over $46,000. The board also approved a bid to A to Z Coatings for a roof refurbishment project amounting to $1,237,700 and a joint transportation agreement with the Cliffside Park Board of Education.

Several fundraisers and class trips for the 2023-2024 school year were approved, along with the School Safety Data System Report and an amendment to the ARP ESSER Grant Application. Workshop participation and expenditures for staff members were approved, and Threat Assessment Teams for the 2023-2024 school year were established. The board approved the disposal of various items and addressed personnel matters, including staff appointments, transfers, resignations, and approvals for extra service appointments.

During the Public Comments/Questions Session, William Pych and Claudia Narvaez commended school administrators for visiting new students to ease their transition into the district. The meeting concluded at 8:47 p.m. with a motion by Mrs. Narvaez and a second by Mr. Pych.

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